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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/29/2014 - 10:25am
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 05/23/2014 - 10:14am
As regular readers know, I'm no longer at Antietam; a fact that makes me unhappy...wah wah wah.

I have a post-it on my computer that greets me every day, it says: "Get over it", and believe me, I need that daily reminder.

Here's how it came to pass:

Exactly eight years ago I started as a seasonal interpretive park ranger (GS5 was the paygrade) at Antietam National Battlefield - the finest park in the National Park system.  I was as happy as could be,...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:41pm
Just a quickie here. New in the Emerging Civil War series from Savas Beatie is another by NPSers Daniel Davis and Philip Greenwalt, Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 26 – June 5, 1864. You know the drill: a concise narrative of the events of the campaign in question; good, clear, […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/17/2014 - 6:21am
"Amid sharp and incessant skirmishing, during the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth [of May] the trenches and batteries were strengthened and improved in every way possible," wrote regimental historian Oliver Bosbyshell. "A strong demonstration to feel the enemy was made on the sixteenth, resulting in northing more than the development of a large force on his part. Skirmish firing was incessant, making life at the front most unhappy."

With little activity and while dodging...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/13/2014 - 9:16am
The war had changed. Instead of a battle fought once every few weeks, now it was every single day. . .and the casualties attested to this new, relentless form of combat. Numbers vary but approximately 30,000 men fell dead, wounded, or went listed as missing-in-action during the two-week struggle at Spotsylvania. The deadliest day, however, was May 12.
May 12 was an especially destructive day in the ranks of the 48th Pennsylvania as 129 of its soldiers became casualties that Thursday...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/13/2014 - 9:07am
My, how things change.
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/12/2014 - 5:00am
The rain fell heavily on the night of May 11, 1864 as the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac moved about in the wet darkness, taking up their assigned positions and preparing themselves for the morning attack. Soldiers of Hancock’s 2nd Corps stood poised to assault the Confederate “Mule Shoe” salient; to their left went the soldiers of Burnside’s 9thCorps. They were to strike the east side of that Mule Shoe while Hancock struck it head-on.
 May 12, 1864...
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 05/11/2014 - 10:35pm
--> I almost missed George Dickinson.
Last year as I began my research, I assembled a list of officers assigned to the U.S. Artillery regiments.  With 441 officers discovered, I thought that I had all of them until today.   Going thru Volume 2 of Heitman’s Register doing some crosschecking for something else, I discovered George Dickenson. 
Having found Lieutenant Dickenson, I ran a query in Fold 3. One of the most common records contained there is a...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/09/2014 - 5:00am
There would be no turning back.  By the morning of May 7, and after two days of slaughter in the thick Virginia wilderness, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant determined that instead of the army falling back to lick its wounds, that it would side-step to the left, move to the south and, hopefully, get in between Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederate capital of Richmond. That way, he reasoned, Lee could be drawn out in the open and forced to attack. His immediate objective was the...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/08/2014 - 12:34pm
Friend Ron Baumgarten of All Not So Quiet Along the Potomac has forwarded a few images Fire Zouave ephemera he recorded at the Ft. Ward Museum in Alexandria, VA. You can check out more on the story of Elmer Ellsworth, James Jackson, and Francis Brownell here. Enjoy! (Click on the photos for larger images – […]
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